Cleaning auto glass can easily be done the wrong way. Most drivers would clean their glass, windows, and mirrors with nothing more than some sort of Windex solution and a roll of paper towels. Many times using these tools will often lead to unsightly streaks across your window or small fibers left behind from the paper towel and many Windex type solutions will contain ammonia, which can dry out plastics and rubbers.
Here are ten cleaning tips that will leave your windows streak free and your mirrors as clean as possible.
- Mirrors and Windows Last: Cleaning your windows last will ensure that you are also wiping off any other cleaning product left behind from cleaning other parts of your car.
- Glass Temperature: Never clean glass or windows that are hot to the touch. Move the car into a shaded location or in the garage to avoid making contact with the hot surface. The heat can also dry out the cleaning solution too quickly.
- Start with The Windshield: Start by cleaning the windshield and rear windshield. This is due to the difficult angles that are hard to reach and are most important in terms of visibility.
- Different Cleaning Strokes: Use different cleaning strokes for the interior and exterior of the windows. For example, use vertical strokes on the interior of the glass and horizontal strokes on the exterior side. This technique will make it easier for you to inspect the windows for streaks, the different cleaning patterns can make it easier to tell where the streak is on the window.
- Use Newspapers: Instead of using paper towels to clean the windshield, use newspapers for a more eco-friendly approach. Use one sheet of newspaper for each side windshield and two sheets of newspaper for the front and rear windshield, and buff each windshield with a clean sheet of newspaper to ensure a streak-free finish.
- Roll down The Window: Roll down your windows to clean the top portion of the window that is usually not exposed by the door.
- Diluting Your Glass Cleaner: If you choose to dilute your glass cleaner, always use distilled water. Distilled water does not contain any minerals or chemicals, unlike tap water. These leftover minerals will often collect on top of the glass.
- Using One Towel: Only use the same towel every time the windows are being cleaned. Using a different towel might will risk staining the windows with grime or grease from cleaning other parts of the car.
- Clean Wiper Blades: Periodically clean the wiper blades of any build up.
- Target Small Areas: When cleaning the front or rear windows, start by focusing on smaller areas instead of the whole window all at once. This will ensure that you are not transferring any dirt from one side to the other.